Disseminated cysticercosis in a child: Whole-body MR diagnosis with the use of parallel imaging

Atin Kumar, Ajit Harishkumar Goenka, Anita Choudhary, Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Sheffali Gulati

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Cysticercosis is a parasitic disease caused by infestation with the encysted larval stage of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. Disseminated cysticercosis is an exceptional expression of this disease characterized by high morbidity due to massive symptomatic parasite burden in the central nervous system, striated muscles, subcutaneous tissues and other organs. Less than 50 such cases have been reported worldwide, and fewer than 10 children. We report on the whole-body MR diagnosis of extensively disseminated cysticercosis in a child. The critical role of whole-body MR as a stand-alone modality in the diagnosis and management of this pleomorphic disease is highlighted. Whole-body MR diagnosis of an infectious disease is unique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010


  • Children
  • Disseminated cysticercosis
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Whole-body MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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